UPDATE 2: President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Adams Oshiomhole on his victory in the election. He also wished the comrade-governor a successful second term in office.
The president commended INEC and the security agencies for the successful conduct of the elections.
Rauf Aregbsola, the governor of the state of Osun, has also congratulated Mr Oshiomhole over his victory.
There was spontaneous breakout of jubilation by the people in the streets in the state capital as details of the results filtered out.
Loud booms of gunshots and fireworks could be heard from different parts of the city, as supporters from across all political divide poured out in the streets on motor bikes in jubilation of the victory.
One of the celebrating youths, who spoke with our reporters, described Mr. Oshiomhole’s victory as a triumph of the people of the state against politics of godfatherism and patronage.
“This victory show that if one, who is in leadership position performs and delivers the dividend of democracy to the people, victory can be achieved irrespective of the political party one belongs,” the ecstatic youth said.
Below is the full statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati.
“President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan congratulates Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State on his re-election yesterday for another term in office.
“President Jonathan also commends the Independent National Electoral Commission, its personnel and the nation’s security services for ensuring that the elections were free and fair in keeping with his administration’s commitment to continually strengthening democracy in Nigeria through the establishment of a more credible electoral system.
“The President urges Governor Oshiomhole to receive the fresh mandate given to him yesterday by the people of Edo State as an endorsement of his outstanding performance in his first term and an expression of their desire for a continuation of his focused, purposeful and dynamic leadership.
“He expects that the Governor will work even harder in his second term to justify the confidence in his leadership clearly expressed by the Edo State electorate yesterday and assures him that the Federal Government will continue to give all possible support and assistance for development in the state.
“President Jonathan wishes the Comrade-Governor continued good health and a successful second term in the service of Edo State and Nigeria.”
UPDATE 1: The agent of the PDP has congratulated Mr. Oshiomhole for the victory, and INEC, for doing a good job. Speaking shortly after the result was announced at the INEC office in Benin, he added that his party would study the result of the election and then come forward with a formal reaction.
Read our earlier post below.
The candidate of the ruling Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Adams Oshiomhole, was this morning declared winner of the gubernatorial elections held yesterday in Edo State.
In the result announced by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Osayuki Oshodin, who was the returning officer, Mr. Oshiomhole polled a total of 477,478 votes, or 73.72 per cent of 647,698 total votes cast , winning in all the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
His closest rival, Charles Airhiarvbere of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 144,235 votes, or 22.27 per cent of total votes, while the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)candidate, Solomon Edebiri, got 3,642 votes, and Izevbuwa Roland of the Congress for Political Change (CPC), received 2,792 votes, or 0.43 per cent of the total votes,
Other results include that of Frank Ukonga of the Social Democratic Mega party (SDMP), who got 807 votes, or 0.56 per cent of total votes; Andrew Igwemoh of the Labour Party (LP), 604, or 0.09 per cent, and Paul Orumwense of the National Conscience Party (NCP), 504 votes, or 0.08 per cent.
About 17,282 voters could not vote in eight local government areas of the state for various reasons bordering on various breaches of the Electoral Act. But, elections did not hold at Ologbo, a riverine area of the state following the dead of four officials, including three police officers and an INEC ad hoc staff, in a boat mishap as they were conveying electoral materials to the area.
Observers noted the low turn out of voters, which was 40.4 per cent of the total number of registered voters.
The PDP polling agent at the polling centre at the INEC headquarters, Dickson Ikhairhe, who accepted the outcome of the polls on behalf of his party, said the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party will deliberate on the result and issue a formal statement.
He commended NEC’s handling of the exercise, describing it as peaceful and orderly, while congratulating the winner, Adams Oshiomhole for his victory.
The CPC representative, who congratulated the ACN for emerging victorious, said “victory for ACN is victory for all progressive parties in the state.”
Mr. Oshiomhole’s ACN won at the Uzenema Primary School voting centre, where the self-acclaimed godfather of Edo politics, Tony Anenih, voted. The result at the end of voting at the centre showed that the ACN scored 3,120 votes against PDP’s 1,004 votes
The PDP candidate in the poll, Mr. Airhiavbere, and other PDP chieftains, including Gabriel Igbinedion, lost in their wards. ACN also won in Ward unit 7 where the Chief of Staff to the President, Mike Oghiadomie comes from, scoring 169 votes against PDP’s 129.
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TALLY
AKOKO – ACN (), PDP ()EGOR – ACN (), PDP ()
ESAN NORTH EAST ACN – (13,068), PDP – (12, 478)
ESAN CENTRAL – ACN – (), PDP – ()
ESAN SOUTH-EAST – ACN – (), PDP– ()
ESAN WEST – ACN – (), PDP – ()
ETSAKO CENTRAL – ACN – (16, 834), PDP – (5,113)
ETSAKO EAST – ACN – (14,904), PDP – (9,634)
ETSAKO WEST – ACN – (44,962), PDP – (5,920)
IGUEBEN – ACN – (), PDP – ()
IKPOBA OKHA – ACN – (58, 809), PDP – (6,505)
OREDO – ACN – (66,552), PDP – (9,081)
ORHIONMWON – ACN -(), PDP – ()
OVIA NORTH EAST – ACN – (), PDP – ()
OVIA SOUTH WEST – ACN – (), PDP – ()
OWAN EAST – ACN – (15,150), PDP – (7,229)
OWAN WEST – ACN – (), PDP – ()
UHUNMWONDE – ACN – (17,011), PDP – (5,826) TOTAL- ACN – () PDP – () ——————————————————————————————————————————————————–
PU12/11/05/002 ACN-121, ANPP-0, CPC-0, Labour Party-0, PDP-3
PU12/11/06/010 ACN-187 ANPP-2 CPC-0 PDP-13
PU12/11/O6/008 ACN-164 ANPP-2 CPC-3 PDP-17
PU12/11/06/009 ACN-206 ANPP-1 CPC-1 PDP-17
PU12/11/06/005 ACN-174 ANPP-1 CPC-0 PDP-21
PU12/11/06/006 ACN-176 ANPP-1 CPC-0 PDP-28
PU12/11/06/004 ACN-230 ANPP-2 CPC-0 PDP-8
PU12/11/05/019 ACN-288 ANPP-0 CPC-4 PDP-18
PU12/11/05/023 ACN-277 ANPP-0 CPC-0 PDP-17
PU12/11/05/025 ACN-171 ANPP-7 CPC-2 PDP-23
PU12/11/06/001 ACN-184 ANPP-1 CPC-2 PDP-12
PU12/11/06/002 ACN-111 ANPP-2 CPC-0 PDP-20
PU12/11/06/003 ACN-155 ANPP-3 CPC-0 PDP-15
PU12/11/05/024 ACN-240 ANPP-1 CPC-1 PDP-2
PU12/11/05/010 ACN-201 ANPP-O CPC-0 PDP-18
Uroma Primary School, Predo LGA, Ward 2, ACN 216, ANPP 2, PDP 18
Oza Primary School, Oredo LGA, Ward 10, ACN 129, PDP 35
Oza Primary School, Oredo LGA, Ward 10, ACN 14, PDP 35
Ebidi Pri. Sch., Fugar, Etsako Central. Ward 2 , unit 7 , CPC= 0, , PDP=129 , ACN=169
Ebidi Pri. Sch., Fugar, Etsako Central. Ward 2 , unit 8, CPC=0 , PDP=88 , ACN=141 Unit
PU 14,GRA,Benin.PDP 32,ACN-190,CPC-3